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Xavier Cugat - Cugat`s Favorite Rumbas & Mambo At The Waldorf (2000)

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Xavier Cugat - Cugat`s Favorite Rumbas & Mambo At The Waldorf  (2000)

Xavier Cugat - Cugat`s Favorite Rumbas & Mambo At The Waldorf
Latin | MP3 320 Kbps | 158 MB
Collectables Records 2000

A native of Girona, Spain, Cugat emigrated with his family to Cuba in 1905. Trained as a classical violinist, he played with the Orchestra of the Teatro Nacional in Havana at the age of 12. Emigrating to the United States, sometime between 1915 and 1918, he quickly found work accompanying an opera singer. At the height of the tango craze, in 1918, Cugat joined a popular dance band, the Gigolos. His involvement with the group, however, was brief. As the popularity of the tango faded, he took a job as a cartoonist for The Los Angeles Times. Cugat returned to music in 1920, forming his own group, the Latin American Band. Although they played regularly at the Coconut Grove in Los Angeles and supplied the soundtracks for several musical shorts, the group had its greatest success after moving to New York and became the house band for the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. Despite being criticized for their middle-of-the-road approach, Cugat remained committed to his commercial-minded sound. He later explained, "I would rather play 'Chiquita Banana' and have my swimming pool than play Bach and starve." Cugat and his orchestra remained at the hotel for 16 years. Beautiful women were consistently featured in Cugat's band. After helping Rita Hayworth launch her career, he appeared in her film You Were Never Lovelier. Cugat's recordings of the 1950s featured the singing of his third wife, Abbe Lane. In the mid-'60s, he featured his fourth wife, Charo, who he billed as a "folksinger." Upon his retirement in 1970, Cugat returned to Spain. He died in Barcelona on October 27, 1990. His band, which was led by Tito Puente following his retirement, continued to perform under the direction of dancer, musician, and vocalist Ada Cavallo. ~ Craig Harris, All Music Guide
01. Begin The Beguine
02. Estrellita (My Life Star)
03. Green Eyes (Aquellos Ojos Verdes)
04. La Paloma (The Dove)
05. Yo Ta Namora
06. Duerme (Time Was)
07. Say Si Si (Para Vigo Me Voy)
08. La Golondrina (The Swallow)
09. Besame Mucho
10. Acercate Mas
11. Negra Leono
12. Cielito Lindo
13. Mambo At The Waldorf
14. Cuca
15. Yo Quiero Un Mambo
16. Mondongo
17. Mambo Gallego
18. Jamay
19. Mambo Gordo
20. Mambo En Espana
21. Mambo Nº 8
22. Sax Cantabile
23. La Cumparsita (The Masked One)
24. Mambo Retozon